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Joe Biden Nominates Indian-American To Key US State Department Position



Uzra Zeya served most just lately as CEO and President of the Alliance for Peacebuilding


US President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday nominated an Indian-American diplomat, who had stop the international service in 2018 in protest in opposition to the insurance policies of President Donald Trump, to a key State Department place.

Uzra Zeya has been nominated to be Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, based on key nominations for the Department of State introduced by Biden.

Wendy R Sherman has been nominated to be Deputy Secretary of State, Brian McKeon as Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources, Bonnie Jenkins to be Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Affairs and Victoria Nuland to be Under Secretary for Political Affairs.

“This diverse and accomplished team, led by Secretary of State-designate Tony Blinken, embodies my core belief that America is strongest when it works with our allies,” Biden mentioned.

“Collectively, they have secured some of the most defining national security and diplomatic achievements in recent memory – and I am confident that they will use their diplomatic experience and skill to restore America”s global and moral leadership. America is back,” he mentioned.

Uzra Zeya served most just lately as CEO and President of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, the place she drew on over twenty years of diplomatic expertise in Near East, South Asian, European, human rights, and multilateral affairs.

As Charge d’Affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission on the U.S. Embassy in Paris from 2014 to 2017, she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Embassy, six constituent posts, and 50 workplaces and companies engaged in U.S. authorities work. She stop in opposition to Trump’s insurance policies in September 2018.

“Up to now, Foggy Bottom’s upper echelons are looking whiter, more male and less like America,” Zeya wrote in Politico in September 2018 alleging that the State Department below the Trump Administration was dealing with racial and gender bias.

“In my own case, I hit the buzz saw that Team Trump wielded against career professionals after leading the US Embassy in Paris through three major terrorist attacks over three years and after planning President Trump’s Bastille Day visit,” she wrote.

She mentioned that upon returning to Washington, she was blocked from a collection of senior-level jobs with no rationalization. “In two separate incidents, however, colleagues told me that a senior State official opposed candidates for leadership positions – myself and an African-American female officer – on the basis that we would not pass the ”Breitbart test”,” she wrote in Politico.


From 2012 to 2014, Zeya served as Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary within the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labour.

She joined the Foreign Service in 1990, serving in New Delhi, Muscat, Damascus, Cairo, and Kingston. From 2011 to 2012, she was Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of State and helped form the US response to the Arab Spring and labored to deepen US engagement with rising powers.

Zeya has additionally served as Deputy Executive Secretary to the Secretary of State, Director of the Executive Secretariat Staff, and as UN General Assembly Coordinator. She is a recipient of the Legion d’honneur, France’s highest civilian honour, a Presidential Rank Award, and 15 Superior Honour and Senior Performance Awards.

She is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

On the important thing State Department nominations introduced by Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris mentioned, “This remarkable team of distinguished diplomats and seasoned leaders reflects the very best of our nation”.

Secretary of State-designate Tony Blinken mentioned, “To meet this second, we’d like a Department of State that appears like America, led by numerous ladies and men who might be unafraid to problem the established order.

“That is that this staff. America at its greatest nonetheless has a larger capability than every other nation on earth to mobilize others to satisfy the challenges of our time. These passionate, energetic, deeply skilled nominees will assist hold our folks and our nation secure, safe, and affluent”.

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